Transit of Venus
June 5, 2012



On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun. This will not happen again until the year 2117.

At the time of the transit, the Earth was 94,324,000 miles from the Sun. From Venus it was 27 million miles to Earth, so Venus appeared more than three times larger than it would at the same distance as the Sun.

The images below have been rotated to place the North Pole of the Sun at the top.

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 First contact of the transit occurred at 3:09 PM MST.

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 Second contact of the transit occurred at 3:27 PM MST.

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 The mid point of the transit occurred at 6:29 PM MST.

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 The sun set part way through the transit.

20120605 Scottsdale/Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 This composite image was assembled from pictures taken at approximately 25 minute intervals.

Sell Art Online Transit of Venus from Scottsdale, Arizona on June 5, 2012: You can buy this photo as prints as large as 14" x 14".



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